Posts by tag: Vdue

Bimota October 13, 2011 posted by

Credit where it is due: 1996 Bimota Bimota 500 Vdue

For Sale: 1996 Bimota Bimota 500 Vdue

Every manufacturer has a milestone bike – that one machine that defines the company, the era, the vision and the future. For Bimota, the Vdue was that bike. I know you already understand how rare most Bimotas are. Well *this* Bimota is the ONLY bike ever to utilize a Bimota engine. Whereas all the other Bimota models relied upon another manufacturer for powerplant and transmission, the Vdue was to be the birth of a bigger Bimota; a Bimota that made entire motorcycles just like the big boys.

There is a saying: “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there usually is.” Such was the fate of the Vdue. On paper, this was a stunning technical achievement. 500cc of v-twin two stroke power, the Vdue utilized computerized fuel injection to allow more power, higher RPM and cleaner burning (the latter being very important to allow a smoker past tightening European emissions regulations). The rest of the bike was equally enthralling: Aluminum chassis with oval tubes and CNC machined bits everywhere, Ohlins rear shock, Paioli fork, Brembo brakes, carbon fiber bodywork…

Unfortunately, what worked on paper was less effective in the flesh. Problems were immediately encountered with customer bikes. Some issues included unpredictable and explosive power delivery when the computerized injection disagreed with the rider’s throttle input, electrical issues where the computer would not work at all, constant spark plug fouling and even some reports of piston and crank failure.

Ultimately, Bimota recalled all of the affected bikes with a plan to “upgrade” the model to carburetors. Amidst the bad publicity, the process churn and the unrealized return on a huge investment, Bimota went under. This milestone motorcycle, the pinnacle for a noted builder of amazing motorcycles, literally sunk the company.

From the seller:
Bimota 500 Vdue Evoluzione 04 BRAND NEW!!!!

The Evoluzione has been deeply modified from the original version: new digital instrument panel, new wire harness, 39mm Dell’Orto carbs, carbon fiber airbox, new oil seal and bearing and revised oil passages inside the cranks.
It has been dynotested at 116hp of raw 2 stroke power!!!

More info on the bike can be found here: www.vdueusa.com

The little italian has been stored for over 6 years…but now it has to go!
It was imported as a race bike, assembled as street legal but never been registered.
The bike does not come with warranty or any type of documents but has original manual, rear wheel stand and original tool bag (included).

After this long storage time, it will need a new battery, a carb clean and some TLC to start smoking up your neighborhood.

Even if new and never ridden on the road, the fairing has some minor cracks.
The worst can be seen in the pictures.
This part (a small trim underneath the top fairing) can be supplied as other parts or spare parts, BUT ARE NOT INCLUDED in this auction.
I’m more than willing to discuss this AFTER you pick up the bike

The follow-on story to the Vdue debacle is almost as interesting as the origin of the bike in the first place. Due to the recall, there was an inventory of dozens of completed Vdues, spares, and enough parts to assemble several more bikes. These assets were purchased from bankruptcy and a new business sprung up: Delivering carbureted and modified Vdues to market and selling them as essentially new bikes. It is in this manner that today’s bike is available – and rideable, thanks to the mods available via Vdue USA.

Because of all the issues, it is rare to find a Vdue with many miles. After all, most did not run well – if at all. Still, despite the low mileage (10), this bike still shows some unfortunate damage. As a prospective buyer, RSBFS always recommends doing as much research as possible, asking the seller questions, and in this case asking for more hi-res pictures. The bike looks authentic, but the supplied pictures are relatively few for such a rare ride.

There is also the question of origin. The seller did not list a VIN number, but shows the model year as 1996. My research shows that the Vdue was not introduced until 1997. Again, talking with the seller might help clear up this little discrepancy.

This bike is available right now. The BIN price is set at $23,000, although the seller is willing to entertain offers. This price is not out of line for a fully sorted and perfect Vdue, but might be a bit high considering the unknowns and the lack of title. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know what you think. After all, it is not every day you get the opportunity to buy a milestone bike that sunk a company… Good Luck, and make sure you tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Bimota February 22, 2011 posted by

Right bike, wrong side of the road: Bimota Vdue in UK!

For Sale: 1997 Bimota Vdue with original fuel injection

It is not very often you see a Bimota Vdue up for sale. This, RSBFS readers, is the stuff of dreams. Conjured up by the folks at Bimota to be as close to a GP-spec racebike as possible, the Vdue was the first Bimota project to utilize an in-house designed and manufactured engine. Whereas every other Bimota has been a partnership, the Vdue was to be Bimota’s crowning achievement – one that would catapult them into the world of complete manufacturer.

Alas, it all went sadly wrong somehow. Although cutting edge by design, the 500cc two-stroke twin was perhaps a bit too ahead of its time. Featuring novel fuel injection in order to meet stringent emissions around the world, the Vdue was plauged by engine failures and reliability issues, eventually culminating in a complete recall.

The failure of the Vdue brought Bimota to the brink of disaster, only to be saved by government intervention. The remaining bikes were eventually sold, many into the hands of collectors. A small industry of Vdue customization shops stepped up, providing various modifications to make the bike more rideable and reliable. Some changes were simple (updating F.I. specs), while others were more severe, such as replacing the fuel injection with carbs. Many Vdues found a new life at the racetrack, as some of the major modifications made registering the bikes difficult.

From the seller:
BIMOTA 500 V-Due

Stunning original condition V-due. Fuel injection as standard but has modified injector position developed and fitted by THE V-due guru. This makes the bike more usable and reliable.

New tyres, new fuel pump, only known defect is some cracking to front of lower belly pan just behind front wheel. Fantastic condition in every other respect.

Selling due to lack of space. My Dad wants his garage back!

So here we have a nearly original Vdue – complete with the necessary changes to allow for better running – for sale on eBay UK. And what price for said glory? The auction currently sits with zero bids and an opening of £8,000.00 (approx $12,950 US). This is far below similar bikes featured here on RSBFS, which sold for between $15k and $19k.

If you are worried about modifications or want more info, there are plenty of sites to help you out. Both www.vdue.it and www.vdueUSA.com are great places to start.

For your shot at this rare beauty, go ahead and . The seller has listed info and photos that are worth checking out. Tell ’em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Bimota April 19, 2010 posted by

1998 Bimota Vdue 500 Evoluzione with Less Than 600 Miles! [Updated w/ eBay Link]

Here is another incredible Bimota Vdue for sale here in the states. Located in Vermont, this one is one of the later Evoluzione models fitted with carbs and racing pipes — and making for a much more reliable and ridable package. And check out these gorgeous pictures:

Update 2:This bike has been sold.

quote from the seller:

According to the production history available from Bimota – this Evoluzione was built by Bimota prior to the bankruptcy and the transfer of assets in 2000. The serial number as well as the 1998 tires, and date of title support this. According to Bimota’s production history, the number of carburetor Evoluziones built for street prior to 2000 is only 21, with 26 additional built only for racing (without road VIN#s.). Later, 120 additional Evoluziones would be manufactured in 2003/2004.

The owner has setup a great website with more pictures and loads of details on this bike and the history of the Evoluzione model. I also did a little poking around and found an old Performance Bikes article on the Evoluzione. Here is an excerpt:

[…]the Evoluzione. It’s alleged when the direct injection bike flopped and Bimota ran out of Suzuki powered SB8Rs to placate disgruntled customers, somebody important said “bugger it” and started putting carbs and race-pipes on the Stradas and asked customer to ‘promise’ not to ride them on the road.

Priced at $19k, this is fantastic opportunity to own AND ride one of the more significant sportbikes ever produced — that simply aren’t available very often. We’re amazingly fortunate to feature two Vdue’s in the same month!

Thanks Jon for the heads up about your bike and to all the readers who have been submitting this bike as well. Good luck all!

dc